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Diver Down [Original recording remastered]

Van Halen Audio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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Formed in Los Angeles in 1974, Van Halen changed the rock and roll landscape forever with the release of their self-titled, 1978 debut album displaying unparalleled stage presence, revolutionary musicianship, and extraordinary songwriting abilities. With more than 75 million albums sold worldwide, the band's record of achievement is hard to top.

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  • Audio CD (22 Jan 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Warner
  • ASIN: B00004Y6O6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,191 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Where Have All The Good Times Gone!
2. Hang 'Em High
3. Cathedral
4. Secrets
5. Intruder
6. (Oh) Pretty Woman
7. Dancing in the Street
8. Little Guitars (Intro)
9. Little Guitars
10. Big Bad Bill (Is Sweet William Now)
11. The Full Bug
12. Happy Trails

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1. Where Have All The Good Times Gone!
2. Hang 'Em High
3. Cathedral
4. Secrets
5. Intruder
6. (Oh) Pretty Woman
7. Dancing in the Street
8. Little Guitars (Intro)
9. Little Guitars
10. Big Bad Bill (Is Sweet William Now)
11. The Full Bug
12. Happy Trails

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Best Van Halen Album? 28 Nov 2006
Format:Audio CD
This was the first VH album I bought (on vinyl) but it's the only one I come back to now for a listen.

Unlike most other bands, VH has no fear of cover versions, and this album has some great versions, starting with the Kinks' Where have All the Good Times Gone? and then Pretty Woman (and its great, Hendrix-like intro). Big Bad Bill is a nice surprise and a change of pace.

The only duff track is Happy Trails, worth a listen once, but it's only a joke (I hope).

The musicianship from all the band is marvellous througout, but the highlight has to be Cathedral, a jaw dropping display of virtuosity and a good tune to boot. Brilliant and worth the asking price alone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Little Cat Voom TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This is just about the hardest album by Van Halen to make up your mind on and I wouldn`t say it would be for the VH virgin - it`s not really like anything else they did. Also, I`m not particularly sure I even like some of the songs that much - Eddie is my all-time hero and he doesn`t really like this album, calls it "Roth`s album" - due to the number of cover versions. "Dancing in the Street" isn`t a song I like by anyone and it`s a waste of VH`s talent, and whilst "Pretty Woman" is a song I have much more time for, I don`t know if I say it was the best use of Ed and DLR`s mighty skills. Closer "Happy Trails" is silly. It`s quite a messy piece of work really, with instrumentals and acapella, the strange "Big Bad Bill (is Sweet William Now)" (which was Roth`s joke at the newly-wed and now becalmed Eddie!) and few complete new songs (by that I mean songs with vocals).

So, how come I give this the 4 stars?

Reason 1) Cathedral. Amazing, virtuoso volume-control twiddling allied to one-handed fretboard work. It sounds stunning, and I wonder how Eddie even thought of it...he is the best. Actually, even if he`s not at his best, he`s still the best.

Reason 2) Hang `Em High. It`s never really rated as VH-classic but I love it. Eddie does some great harmonic runs and it always makes me smile. Everything I love about VH is here, the bass is high in the mix for a change, great lyrics, and it`s just about perfect.

Reason 3) Secrets. Just a great song, with a wonderful relaxed feel - Eddie plays a 12-string for a change and it`s a great complement to DLR`s lyrics, which are fantastic.

Reason 4) Little Guitars.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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As, the summary above states, one of the most magical things about Van Halen when they started was the feeling that you never knew what to expect next. The fact is all of the songs on this album are excellent, some such as "Little Guitars" and "Secrets" quite exceptional. But what makes this album special for me is "Cathedral". It is an instrumental track that proves that the band are going far beyond just good songs, they were reshaping music itself. After Jimi Hendrix in the late 60's revolutionising how the guiar was both played and perceived, Eddie Van Halen's appearance in the late 70's continued to revolutionise guitar playing, such as the use of "tapping", using two hands at once on the fingerboard, something rarely ever seen before him, his influence however, meant that almost every rock band in the 80's were using this guitar technique. "Cathedral" is a jaw droppping and poignant moment in the development of guitar playing. Believe it or not, that is a guitar you are hearing! Not only is it a beautiful song in its own right, but it shows that Eddie Van Halen was not just content with playing blues licks for a living, he wanted to find the boundaries of music, and break them. With "Cathedral" he did just that.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dropping to the muff. 4 July 2014
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An album with the usual fun and frolic's of Dave Lee Roth's fantasy world of rock and roll. A mixture of styles and sounds of a great band being playful and having fun with it at the same time. A loose album with equally simple infectious groove of material from a long established band. One quirky but silly track you just got to love to bits with its sing a long tune is the fun loving Happy Trails. A classic album from a classic fun playful band.
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3.0 out of 5 stars diver drowned 15 Dec 2013
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bought to replace my knackered vinyl but have to say its not my fave VAN HALEN album a bit of a mish-mash of songs that maybe were,nt good enough for other albums or maybe written in haste one or two nice ditty,s and covers 3out of 5
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4.0 out of 5 stars VH treads water 6 Jun 2012
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With hindsight, Diver Down shouldn't have come as such a surprise - Van Halen's albums had come almost two-by-two in terms of character, with VH & VHII contrasting with Women And Children First and Fair Warning, but something different was never too far around the corner. Having said that, for the album opener here VH once again plundered the Ray Davies songbook - this time for "Where Have All The Good Times Gone!". The answer is, nowhere ... they're right here, right now! And despite the passage of time, this remastered album still sounds almost as fresh as it did in 1982.

Although the album is a mixed bag compared to Van Halen's previous output, it was the perfect antidote to the brilliant darkness of Fair Warning. There is much emphasis on humour, courtesy of DLR (that's singer David Lee Roth - not the Docklands Light Railway) and this is very much the softer side to VH, with the edgy instrumental "Intruder" being the only sign of darkness here - and even that serves as an extended intro to a cover of Roy Orbison's "(Oh) Pretty Woman". There is an emphasis on cover versions too, with just 4 original VH songs - only 2 of which ("Hang 'Em High" and "The Full Bug") are in the classic VH heavy metal mould. Even then, "The Full Bug" features a (great) blues harp solo after the guitar break. Eddie's guitar playing is - well, can any more be said on the subject? Electric, acoustic, steel strung, nylon, 6 string, 12 string, full size or little guitars - he can do no wrong and it's not only the lead work; his rhythm playing is equally unsurpassed (although rarely as acknowledged).
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